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Maxwell ignored FBI orders during arrest: prosecutors

New York - British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell ignored the orders of FBI agents during her arrest on sex-trafficking charges, prosecutors said Monday as they urged a US judge to deny her bail request.

UK unveils post-Brexit border plans and ad campaign

London - Britain on Monday launched another Brexit advertising blitz and unveiled its first detailed proposals for managing the country's borders after cutting ties with the European Union.

Hong Kong dissident Nathan Law says Britain new home

Fpo - Nathan Law, one of Hong Kong's most prominent young democracy activists, announced Monday he has relocated to Britain, five days after confirming he had fled his home because of Beijing's new security law.

Britain, France agree joint unit to fight migrant traffickers

Calais - The interior ministers of France and Britain on Sunday signed an agreement creating a new joint police intelligence unit to combat migrant traffickers and reduce the "unsustainable" numbers crossing the Channel illegally.

Mixed reaction from Hong Kong expats to UK visas offer

London - Hong Kong expatriates living in Britain have welcomed London's pledge of "a pathway to future citizenship" for millions of the territory's residents after China imposed a controversial security law there.

Liverpool addresses its slave trade past

Liverpool - Anna Rothery is the first black woman to hold the position of Lord Mayor of Liverpool, a largely ceremonial role for elected councillors to promote the interests of the city.

Scotland leader sees surge in support for virus response

Edinburgh - Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wore a tartan face mask on a recent visit to shops in Edinburgh, as they prepared to reopen after the long coronavirus lockdown.

Depp says wife-beating claim made him 'Quasimodo'

London - Hollywood star Johnny Depp on Friday accused British tabloid newspaper The Sun of turning him from "Cinderella to Quasimodo" by claiming he beat his ex-wife Amber Heard.

EU chief proposes five billion euro Brexit emergency fund

Apo - EU Council president Charles Michel on Friday proposed setting up a five billion euro reserve fund for any unforeseen consequences of Brexit on bloc member states.

Ghislaine Maxwell seeks release on $5 mn bail

New York - Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers asked a New York court Friday to release her on bail of $5 million, insisting she will stay in America to fight sex abuse charges related to Jeffrey Epstein.

Depp says wife-beating claim made him 'Quasimodo'

London - Hollywood star Johnny Depp on Friday accused British tabloid newspaper The Sun of turning him from "Cinderella to Quasimodo" by claiming he beat his ex-wife Amber Heard, as he spent a fourth day under questioning in a London court.

Spitfire tribute as UK says goodbye to WWII icon Vera Lynn

Ditchling - Two Royal Air Force Spitfires staged a ceremonial fly-past Friday as thousands of people turned out to pay their last respects to British World War II icon Vera Lynn.

Depp says 'in no condition' to ever hurt Heard

London - Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp testified Thursday that he was often so high or strung out on drugs that he was "in no condition" to hurt his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Queen's letters on Australian PM's sacking to be released in full

Sydney - Queen Elizabeth II's correspondence on her role in the 1975 sacking of Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam will be released next week, it was announced Thursday, after a lengthy battle to make the documents public.

Johnny Depp denies slapping ex-wife

London - Hollywood actor Johnny Depp on Wednesday denied claims that he slapped his ex-wife Amber Heard, as he faced a second day of questioning in his high-profile libel trial in London.

UK royal residences reopen after virus shutdown

London - Some of Queen Elizabeth II's royal residences will reopen to the public later this month after closing during the coronavirus shutdown, the Royal Collection Trust announced Wednesday.

Virus crisis threatens to set back oil platform decommissioning

London - Oil companies are being forced to cut spending due to a fall in global oil prices, threatening funds earmarked to dismantle dated off-shore rigs, despite environmental risks.

National Gallery becomes first major London museum to reopen

London - Britain's National Gallery reopens on Wednesday, with masks recommended and social distancing and advance booking mandatory, as the country continues to emerge from three months of coronavirus lockdown.

Britain to reveal post-coronavirus recovery plan

London - Britain will Wednesday unveil a mini-budget to kickstart the UK economy, hoping costly infrastructure investment will help build its way out of the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

UK set to resume Saudi arms sales despite Yemen concerns

London - Britain said on Tuesday it would resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia, halted last year after a UK court ruling over the Gulf kingdom's bombing campaign in neighbouring Yemen.

Russia will impose counter-sanctions on UK: Kremlin

Moscow - Moscow will apply counter-sanctions against Britain, the Kremlin said Tuesday, after London blacklisted Russian officials for their alleged involvement in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Johnny Depp denies 'wife-beater' claim in London libel trial

London - Hollywood actor Johnny Depp strenuously denied being violent to his ex-wife Amber Heard, as he launched a libel claim in a London court on Tuesday against a British tabloid newspaper that called him a "wife-beater".

Johnny Depp 'not a wife-beater', libel trial told

London - Johnny Depp strenuously denied being violent to his ex-wife Amber Heard and claimed a British tabloid article that accused him of being a "wife-beater" caused "serious harm" to his reputation, a London court was told on Tuesday.

Russians, Saudis top UK 'independent' sanctions list for rights violators

London - Britain on Monday identified 49 "notorious" individuals and organisations, 25 of them Russian and 20 Saudis, to be sanctioned under its first post-Brexit targeting of accused human rights violators, prompting immediate anger from Moscow.

Russians, Saudis, top UK 'independent' sanctions list for rights violators

London - Britain on Monday identified 49 "notorious" individuals and organisations, 25 of them Russian and 20 Saudis, to be sanctioned under its first post-Brexit targeting of accused human rights violators.

Maxwell set for first New York hearing in Epstein sex abuse case

New York - British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been brought to New York and is due to make her first appearance in court there on sex trafficking charges related to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein this week, officials say.

Brexit talks move to London after tough week in Brussels

London - Britain's separation talks with the European Union resume Monday with few signs of compromise on a new trade agreement and time running out to avoid a messy split.

Drunk people can't socially distance, UK police conclude

London - Britain's police said Sunday that revellers who packed London's Soho district the night pubs finally reopened made it "crystal clear" that drunk people cannot socially distance.

UK historian quits Cambridge over slavery claim

London - A British royal historian who said slavery was not genocide has quit his honorary position at Cambridge University and been dropped by his publisher HarperCollins.

The Maxwells: scandal and conspiracy

London - Ghislaine Maxwell comes from a family dominated by her father, Robert, whose mysterious drowning at sea left behind conspiracy theories, financial scandal and a fallen empire.
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